In a perfect real-life example of geili, passersby on Hangbiao Road (航标路) in the Zhejiang city of Wenzhou helped to rescue a child caught underneath a black Honda CR-V. The incident occurred at 7:25am on Friday, when a child accompanied by their mother and sister was throwing a sit-down-and-pout tantrum in the middle of the street.
The child’s mother and sister began to walk away after the child refused to get up from the street, and the Honda SUV proceeded to drive over the child, possibly due to poor visibility. After realizing what occurred, the female driver jumped out and the child’s mother rushed over in a panic to look underneath the vehicle.
Unable to decide whether to drive forward or reverse, the CR-V was instead lifted by a dozen or so passersby who witnessed the scene. The child was grabbed from underneath the vehicle, and was reportedly uninjured during the incident.
Could the idea of a Good Samaritan law, so far only drafted for Shenzhen, already be having an effect on the willingness to help others in China? At least this time, the act of goodwill doesn’t appear to be a faked publicity stunt.